Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register

Author Topic: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?  (Read 2053 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Trailrider

  • Southern Cape
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: Honda TransAlp XL700V
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 11,238
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • "Africa Twin Lite"
    • Trailrider
Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« on: December 13, 2009, 08:43:24 pm »
I was at a wedding in Paarl yesterday. I shared a table with a keen biker from Nam. He said that it's not advisable to camp next to the road in Nam anymore. Not even in the South. :-\

Recently there was another thread on this forum about the dangers of traveling in Lesotho.

Are there any places left in the Southern Africa region where you can still camp next to the road without worrying too much? Karoo?
 

Online Captain Zef

  • The Ultimate
  • Gentleman Dog
  • *
  • Bike: Honda CRF-1000L Africa Twin
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 15,429
  • Thanked: 263 times
  • Oudtshoorn / Mosselbaai
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2009, 09:00:07 pm »
Nope. We live in the 2nd most dangerous country on earth and thats a fact!
I used to be called Captain Slow but then i got Zef
 

Offline ratrap

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 2,551
  • Thanked: 19 times
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2009, 10:31:25 pm »
I wouldnt feel safe camping in my backyard!!
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
 

GreenMamba1974

  • Guest
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2009, 11:34:22 pm »
 :(
 

Offline Stofdonkie

  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1150GS Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 5,562
  • Thanked: 19 times
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2009, 06:36:36 am »
I think the Karoo and Namaqualand is still OKish. Especially if you're in a group, although solo you can hide easier.

I wouldn't camp on main roads though ... only the real back-and-beyond stuff. Best to go with gut feeling.

Some camp sites are also dodgy ... think Shark Island, Luderitz.

Pity ...  :'(
Carpe BM.
 

Offline Trailrider

  • Southern Cape
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: Honda TransAlp XL700V
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 11,238
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • "Africa Twin Lite"
    • Trailrider
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2009, 07:28:26 am »

Some camp sites are also dodgy ...


True. Rovrat and I once slept in a B&B because the campsite in the town was to dodgy ::) My back yard is fine though :D



I wouldn't camp on main roads though ... only the real back-and-beyond stuff. Best to go with gut feeling.


Thing is, if you don't know the area, you might be camping somewhere without knowing about the squatter camp across the hill. :-\

My boys and I camp in the South Cape forests and feel perfectly safe.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2009, 08:15:13 am by Trailrider »
 

GreenMamba1974

  • Guest
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2009, 07:58:33 am »
talking about dodgy public camping sites, port st. johns is fucking hectic.  i can't remember the name of the place but it was dodge deluxe, reminded me of some kind of nigerian drug and prostitution den you see in the movies or something, man i felt uneasy, in a cage, doors locked, just had to get out of there smartly, ruuuun,  ruuuun ruuun away  ;D
 

Offline Battlestar

  • IF IM NOT HERE IM ON MY BIKE
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Honda CRF-250L
    Location: Kwazulu Natal
  • Posts: 6,296
  • Thanked: 94 times
  • "LUX NOBIS DUX"
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2009, 11:06:13 am »
talking about dodgy public camping sites, port st. johns is fucking hectic.  i can't remember the name of the place but it was dodge deluxe, reminded me of some kind of nigerian drug and prostitution den you see in the movies or something, man i felt uneasy, in a cage, doors locked, just had to get out of there smartly, ruuuun,  ruuuun ruuun away  ;D

Jungle Monkey  ???
Pass this way once!
 

Offline Plothond

  • Race Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: KTM 1090 Adventure R
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 4,903
  • Thanked: 5 times
  • I was powerslide pozer KING & TV personality
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2009, 11:09:38 am »
I do not think anywhere is safe

As a rule, if we HAVE TO do it - We wait until dusk when our intentions are not obvious, try to keep as quiet as possible and not advertise our presence - eg making a fire
I used to be indecisive, but I'm not so sure anymore

The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work
 

Online DUSTRIDERS

  • Forum Vendor
  • Teelhond
  • ****
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 33,239
  • Thanked: 1032 times
  • ChrisL .. aka...Chris Louw
    • dustriders.co.za
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2009, 11:13:08 am »

Some camp sites are also dodgy ...


True. Rovrat and I once slept in a B&B because the campsite in the town was to dodgy ::) My back yard is fine though :D



I wouldn't camp on main roads though ... only the real back-and-beyond stuff. Best to go with gut feeling.


Thing is, if you don't know the area, you might be camping somewhere without knowing about the squatter camp across the hill. :-\

My boys and I camp in the South Cape forests and feel perfectly safe.
You feel safe in your backyard cause you have the whole George police on your payroll :imaposer:
Sad that we cannot camp in savety anymore. I will camp in the Karoo off the mainroad away from houses though.
MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES RETAILER
info@dustriders.co.za
ENDURISTAN SOFTLUGGAGE IMPORTER
www.dustriders.co.za
 

Offline the_BOBNOB

  • is not a
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 8,667
  • Thanked: 198 times
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2009, 11:13:23 am »
right next to the road - i dont think anywhere in the world that is a good idea any more

but if your in the karoo 150km from the nearest settlement and you pull off the road and into the veld it should be okay

only thing is being in the veld you are on a farmers land and some of them might not be to keen

 


Online KiLRoy

  • Rossi se Biaggi...
  • Administrator
  • Gentleman Dog
  • ***
  • Bike: BMW R1200GS
    Location: Gauteng
  • Posts: 16,225
  • Thanked: 1020 times
  • We need a strong man. Strong like Stalin
    • Wild Dog Adventure Riders
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2009, 11:17:53 am »
Quote
ope. We live in the 2nd most dangerous country on earth and thats a fact!

More dangerous than Iraq, Somalia, Afganistan, Liberia, DRC/CAR,etc etc???
 

Offline Trailrider

  • Southern Cape
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: Honda TransAlp XL700V
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 11,238
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • "Africa Twin Lite"
    • Trailrider
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #13 on: December 14, 2009, 11:19:20 am »
Quote
ope. We live in the 2nd most dangerous country on earth and thats a fact!

More dangerous than Iraq, Somalia, Afganistan, Liberia, DRC/CAR,etc etc???

Which is the most dangerous?
 

Offline Etienne2T

  • Mr.
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: KTM 990 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 9,865
  • Thanked: 40 times
  • Dinosaur
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #14 on: December 14, 2009, 11:25:29 am »
I have done it in the cederberg.
 

Offline Jacko

  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Hildebrand & Wolfmuller (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 6,108
  • Thanked: 3 times
  • "Don't be a hater, yo." Riaan Cruywagen
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2009, 11:29:35 am »
I do not think anywhere is safe

As a rule, if we HAVE TO do it - We wait until dusk when our intentions are not obvious, try to keep as quiet as possible and not advertise our presence - eg making a fire

+1

Good procedure as per setting up a temporary base when on a military patrol in hostile territory.  :biggrin:
"The test of a man is not the forum nor the field; not the marketplace nor the amen corner, but at his own fireside. There he lays aside his mask, and you may judge whether he be imp or angel, king or cur, hero or humbug." -  William Cowper Brann
 

Offline Kobus

  • RPMods
  • Race Dog
  • *
  • Bike: Harley Davidson (all models)
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 2,242
  • Thanked: 51 times
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2009, 11:34:23 am »
I wouldnt feel safe camping in my backyard!!

My son wanted to camp in our garden and this very thought crossed my mind.  :(
Dream like you will live forever, live like you're going to die tomorrow
 

Offline Trailrider

  • Southern Cape
  • Bachelor Dog
  • *****
  • Bike: Honda TransAlp XL700V
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 11,238
  • Thanked: 2 times
  • "Africa Twin Lite"
    • Trailrider
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2009, 11:38:39 am »
It might be safer camping in the forest / karoo than in one's back yard. I think generally the further you are from civilization the better.
« Last Edit: December 14, 2009, 11:45:28 am by Trailrider »
 

Offline Ama ride ride

  • Gravel unlimited
  • Grey hound
  • ****
  • Bike: Zero (all models)
    Location: New Zealand
  • Posts: 5,735
  • Thanked: 68 times
  • Ride to ride again
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2009, 11:41:42 am »
Only one word. Stealth. Do not advertise that you are there. In my AT days I often slept next to the road. And I am still here. You cant dos next to the N1 50km south of JHB.......but next to the road between Draghoender and Putsonderwater is ok. Just find a lekker place to pull off the road.

Enjoy :thumleft:
Gewoontlik n@@i ek reguit aan op fyndraai.

 

Offline cloudgazer

  • RPMods
  • Grey hound
  • *
  • Bike: KTM 640 Adventure
    Location: Western Cape
  • Posts: 5,125
  • Thanked: 24 times
    • fontera
Re: Where in SA can you still camp (safely) next to the road?
« Reply #19 on: December 14, 2009, 11:45:37 am »
I might be safer camping in the forest / karoo than in one's back yard. I think generally the further you are from civilization the better.

Agreed.